Julia Matias is a PhD student working on a collaborative degree with the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies, and the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. Her research centres around representations of exoticism as they are staged and challenged in neo-burlesque performance. Matias is also an award-winning neo-burlesque practitioner and a co-producer of the “Creme de La Femme” feminist cabaret series in Toronto.
Sarah Robbins is a PhD student at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. Her research interests focus on equity in theatre, particularly equitable training practices at Canadian post-secondary theatre arts institutions. She holds a B.A. Hons. and a diploma in Professional Actor Training from the theatre and drama studies program jointly held at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College, and an M.A. from CDTPS. Currently she is working with the Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Equity and Diversity in the Arts Department at the University of Toronto Scarborough on the P.L.E.D.G.E. Project (http://www.pledgeproject.ca/), and is a core member of Got Your Back Canada (https://gotyourbackcanada.com/).